Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

4.6
#1 of 6 in Parks in Blowing Rock
Equestrian Trail Historic Site
The former estate of a wealthy entrepreneur and philanthropist, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park combines lavish living with natural beauty. At the heart of the 1,416 hectare (3,500 acre) estate sits Flat Top Manor, a massive Colonial Revival-style mansion built in 1901. The manor now houses the Parkway Craft Center, which displays handmade crafts by local artists. Due to Moses Cone's interest in conservation, the estate contains large forests of white pine and hemlock hedges, as well as man-made lakes filled with bass and trout. You can explore the grounds on carriage trails which guide you through the estate; they also wind past the family cemetery and near the carriage and apple barn. Using our world travel planner, Blowing Rock attractions like Moses H. Cone Memorial Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This place is so beautiful. The scenery is amazing and the area so peaceful and pretty, even in the dead of summer. In fact, we were there just for a quick walk through and it was rather chilly at the...  more »
  • My husband and I took a hike here with the staff from the Westglow Resort during our stay. There is plenty of free parking and the mansion was beautiful but not open during our visit. We hiked for a l...  more »
  • The scenery is just wonderful. There are a number of great trails, with very gorgeous views. The manor home is beautiful.  more »
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  • This historic manor is a must visit. Flat Top Manor is right on the Parkway at mile marker 294. Visiting the gift shop inside the manor will give you a peek at the home. No tours are offered. The manor is placed at the top of a most scenic bowl looking down toward Blowing Rock. All that you see looking out used to be an apple orchard. There are carriage roads to hike in multiple directions. Yes you may meet local horse back riders out on the trails as well. There are 2 additional trail heads to visit, Bass Lake and Trout Lake. Following the carriage roads down the ridge will give you a chance to experience the interior of the Appalachians.
  • Has many acres of trails to choose from easy to challenging walk path. The Moses Manor is quaint and lots of history about it. It also serves as a gift shop which displays unusual local artists creations. The downside why I gave a 4 stars it's because everything in the gift shop is priced high.
  • Beautiful and simple trails and great views. Easy access for a stroll. The manor home (when open seasonally) features local crafts and a National Park Service outpost.
  • Unsuspected beauty (both structure and grounds) that we didn't plan enough time to explore. We walked the 5 mile round trip to the observation tower through woods and large open fields (that yielded long range views) on an amazingly well manicured trail. The grandeur, detail and scale of the estate's home marveled us.
  • Interesting place! Lots of paths to walk on. Beautiful view! And best of all it's FREE!

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